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OFAC Sanctions Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA)

Posted in Economic Sanctions

In light of the political crisis in Venezuela and the U.S. government’s support for the self-declared Interim President, Juan Guadió, on January 28, 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), Venezuela’s state-owned oil and gas company, to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. As a result, U.S. persons… Continue Reading

The Crisis in Venezuela – New Sanctions Forthcoming?

Posted in Economic Sanctions, Export Controls

On January 23, 2019, the leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, declared himself the acting President of Venezuela and announced he would assume the powers of the Venezuelan executive branch until new national elections are held. The move was a direct challenge to Venezuela’s sitting president, Nicolás Maduro, who was reelected to a second… Continue Reading

Global Law Firm Enters into Settlement Agreement with DOJ for Failure to Register as a Foreign Agent

Posted in Announcements

Yesterday, January 17, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement (Agreement) with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden) to resolve the law firm’s failure to register as an agent of the Government of Ukraine under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). According to the… Continue Reading

Webinar: What You Need to Know About the USMCA Agreement

Posted in Announcements, Antidumping

What You Need to Know About the USMCA Agreement: What’s In It, How It Will Affect Your Business, How It Is Different from NAFTA, and What’s Next The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 24-year old trilateral trade deal. Dan Pickard, Steve Claeys, and Nova Daly will… Continue Reading

Foreign Agents Registration Act Webinar

Posted in Announcements

Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA): Navigating Audits and Other Compliance Issues in a New Era of Enforcement Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), once a little-known law, continues to garner heightened attention given a recent string of high profile enforcement actions under the statute. The… Continue Reading

Imports of Unfairly Traded Indian Stainless Steel Flanges Plummet As A Result of Recent Trade Case

Posted in Antidumping, Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Remedies

Approximately a year ago, on August 16, 2017, a petition for antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) duties on stainless steel flanges from China and India was filed by the Coalition of American Flange Producers (CAFP), an association of U.S. producers of stainless steel flanges. The case was brought in response to unfairly dumped and subsidized… Continue Reading

OFAC Revokes JCPOA-Related General Licenses and Issues Wind-Down Authorizations

Posted in Announcements

Following the President’s May 8, 2018 withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revoked General License H (GL H), which authorized U.S.-owned or -controlled foreign entities to engage in business with Iran, and General License I (GL I), which authorized U.S. persons to negotiate and enter into contingent… Continue Reading

Back to the Future: What Your Company Needs to Know and Do About the Reinstated Iran Sanctions

Posted in Economic Sanctions

Webinar: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT RSVP Here On May 8, President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark 2015 agreement that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. government’s withdrawal… Continue Reading

Proposed Shift for Small Arms Export Controls from State Department to Commerce Department Authority

Posted in Export Controls

Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced a plan to transfer control over the export of small arms from the U.S. Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the typically less-stringent U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The shift will affect U.S. small arms exports, including non-automatic and semi-automatic firearms up to .50 caliber,… Continue Reading

President Trump Withdraws from Iran Nuclear Deal; U.S. Sanctions to be Re-Imposed

Posted in Economic Sanctions

President Trump today announced the United States’ withdrawal from participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark 2015 agreement that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. Pursuant to the withdrawal, President Trump has directed his Administration to immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions against Iran, targeting the Iranian energy,… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein’s Daniel B. Pickard, Counsel to the Coalition of American Flange Producers, Issues Open Letter to Producers, Importers, and Purchasers of Stainless Steel Flanges

Posted in Antidumping

Today, Wiley Rein LLP partner Daniel B. Pickard, counsel to the Coalition of American Flange Producers, issued an open letter to producers, importers, and purchasers of stainless steel flanges, regarding affirmative preliminary determinations that the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission have reached in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into stainless… Continue Reading

State Department Adds South Sudan to the ITAR’s “Prohibited Countries” List

Posted in Export Controls

The U.S. Department of State today issued an amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to include South Sudan in its regulations on prohibited exports, imports, and sales to and from certain countries, and to update its defense trade policy toward South Sudan by applying a policy of denial on the export of… Continue Reading

FARA Webinar: Overview of the Act and Recent Developments in a New Enforcement Environment on December 12 at 12 PM EST

Posted in Announcements

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), once a little-known law, has been thrown into the national spotlight in recent months. The law, which has been on the books since 1938, is a disclosure statute that requires persons who are acting as agents of a foreign principal, and providing services in a political or public relations… Continue Reading

Updated Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Handbook

Posted in Announcements

Wiley Rein has updated our Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Handbook, which reviews the rules that govern whether an entity should register with the FARA Registration Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice, the registration process, the obligations of registered agents, and the penalties that may be imposed for FARA violations. Any person who engages… Continue Reading

Trade Relief on Diamond Sawblades from China Significantly Reduces Unfairly Traded Imports

Posted in Antidumping

The most recent administrative review of the antidumping order on diamond sawblades and parts thereof from the People’s Republic of China resulted in the highest margins to date against imports of such products from China. As a result of the antidumping order, imports of diamond sawblades from China in the recent years have been on… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Publishes Updated Version of its DSS and FOCI Issues Handbook

Posted in Announcements

This week, Wiley Rein’s International Trade practice published an updated version of its Defense Security Service (DSS) and Foreign Ownership Control or Influence (FOCI) Issues Handbook, which reviews the rules that ensure that persons and entities with access to classified or sensitive information comply with industry safeguards for protecting such information. Pursuant to the Department of… Continue Reading

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